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PHOTOS: Gold medal winners on Day 7 of the CWG

July 31, 2014 11:56 IST

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Olympic champion Kirani James lit up the Commonwealth Games with a devastating and graceful run to win gold in the men’s 400 metres on Wednesday.

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In a Games hampered by big-name withdrawals and weakened fields, the arrival of the powerful Grenadian was a welcome sight at a wet and windy HampdenPark.

James took charge of the final from the start and looked in complete control as he finished in a Games record time of 44.24 seconds ahead of South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk and Trinidad and Tobago’s Lalonde Gordon.

“I expected to have a great performance,” James told reporters.

“I can’t predict the outcome of the event but all I an do is come out here and try my best.

“Every championship, every accolade, is unique in its own way and these Games are no different. I think the crowd really makes it special; the stadium was full at 10am, that says something about Scotland and how much they appreciate track and field.”

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Image: Kirani James of Grenada celebrates winning gold in the Men's 400 metres Final at Hampden Park during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday
Photographs: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Greg Rutherford, England’s Olympic long jump champion, provided further delight for the Hampden Park crowd when the self-proclaimed "Ginger Wizard" posed for selfies after leaping 8.20 to win his first Commonwealth gold.

"It's never an easy road and after what happened last year with injury I wasn't sure if I could carry on jumping. Now I've managed to come away with another title," Rutherford told the BBC.

"I think a few people had written me off thinking I was a one-hit wonder. But I'm here again and will be here again many more times. I want to keep going out there jumping far and winning medals."

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Image: Greg Rutherford of England competes in the Men's Long Jump Final enroute to a gold medal at Hampden Park during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday
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New Zealand’s double Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams claimed her third Commonwealth gold medal with a throw of 19.88 and Australia’s Kim Mickle won the women's javelin title thanks to a Games record throw of 65.96.

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Image: Gold medalist Valerie Adams of New Zealand poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Shot Put at Hampden Park during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday
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With England’s Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill recently giving birth and Katarina Johnson-Thompson pulling out of the Games with a foot injury, Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton had little trouble in claiming the women’s heptathlon title.

Theisen-Eaton, wife of Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton, finished with 6,597 points ahead of compatriot Jessica Zelinka, while Derek Drouin ensured Canada won double gold after clearing 2.31 to win the men’s high jump.

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Image: Silver medallist Jessica Zelinka of Canada, gold medallist Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada and bronze medallist Jessica Taylor of England pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Heptathlon at Hampden Park on day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday
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Kenya dominated the women’s 3,000 steeplechase and claimed a clean sweep of medals as Purity Cherotich Kirui finished in a time of 9:30.96 ahead of Milcah Chemos Cheywa and Joan Kipkemoi.

One of the biggest cheers of the session was reserved for David Rudisha, Kenya’s world 800 metres record holder and Olympic champion, who eased through his semi-final to confirm his place in Thursday’s final. 

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Image: Cherotich Purity Kirui (left) of Kenya competes on her way to a first place finish in Women's 3000m Steeplechase Final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday
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